Recently Retired CPA
I am a recent retiree ( 62 1/2 ) after working at a large regional CPA firm in NYC which was a highly stressful place ( tax season and off tax season). I was at the firm for about 20 years.
I suffered career burnout probably starting about 3 years ago but didn't realize the severity of it. The past two years were horrible. Motivation and performance suffered over this two year period. I lost interest in what I was doing and was constantly anxious and depressed.
It got to the point where I went on short term disability because of severe anxiety which stemmed from career burnout, tried working PT after that at the firm , but nothing seemed to work. I finally decided to follow my gut instinct which was telling me that I had had it with the field and that vacations or any time away would not help.
Decided to resign / retire about 2 1/2 years early ( instead of 65). I couldnt take it anymore. I retired for health reasons.
Summertime will be fine but am concerned about what I will do come fall / winter and going forward.
Haven't decided whether I wanted to look for a smaller CPA firm closer to home or just look for some volunteering.
The lack of decision is driving me crazy and I toss around at night. I literally do not know what I want to do. As of now, public accounting is out. Maybe my mind will change in a month or so.
Any suggestions or has anyone been in a similar situation?